Competing with more than two dozen U.S. News and World Report-ranked hospitals within a 50-mile radius, Capital Health, an urban, two-hospital system with aging facilities, was finding it increasingly difficult to attract patients. They needed a new hospital to expand their market reach. However there was significant resistance from the community where the hospital had secured land for a new hospital.
Located in a Certificate of Need state, where changes are difficult once a CON is approved, the design team worked closely with the system’s senior staff to reconfigure plans and revise program data to meet the criteria for three alternate locations. The final location selected was equally challenging due to significant wetland coverage. The design team was able to meet current and future growth criteria through a chassis design that provided a central spine for all utilities, while meeting all wetland environmental regulations.
The 925,000 SF, 223-bed greenfield hospital features healing gardens, views to nature, soothing water features, and a focus on patient and family amenities throughout the facility. An uplifting five-story atrium links the central diagnostic and treatment chassis with the inpatient tower on one side and the outpatient MOB on the other, serving both inpatient and outpatient populations. The hospital design has successfully attracted new patients and inpatient volume has increased 14% over initial projections.
LEED Gold Certified – Capital Health Hopewell is one of 28 hospitals in the country to receive LEED Platinum or Gold status.
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